Top Companies Report

11. Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals


7-6 Bakurocho 1-chome
Nihonbashi, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo 103-8383 Japan
Phone: +81-3-3662-7111, Fax: +81-3-3669-3936

Sales: $305 million (28,783 million yen); consolidated sales $1.61 billion (152 billion yen).

Major Products: Sheetfed, heatset, waterless and UV offset, gravure and specialty inks; security and banknote inks; and overprint varnishes.

Key Personnel: Osamu Takahashi, chairman; Koji Takahashi, president; Yoshihisa Makino, senior managing director, responsible for Business Division headquarters and Printing Inks business; Yoshihiko Takeichi, managing director/CFO; Kengo Nakajo, director, responsible for Pigments business, Synthetic Resins & Colorants No. 2 Division, and Prepared Colors and Chemicals Overseas Business Office; Kazuo Nakamura, director, responsible for General Affairs, Personnel & Public Relations Department, Synthetic Resins & Colorants No. 1 Division, Coating Materials Division, and Fine Polymer Division; Kazuyuki Hanada, director; Takanori Sannan, director.

Number of Employees: 2,600 (colorants and printing inks; 3,600 (worldwide) (Ink World estimate).

Comments: A specialist in manufacturing inks, pigments and colorants, Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg. Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, had a challenging year overall in 2012, with consolidated sales decreasing 2.6% to ¥151,994 million ($1.61 billion). 

The Printing Inks business also suffered a slight decline, to ¥28,783 million ($305 million), down by 4.3% from 2011. Sales of gravure inks were strong in the first half due to the beverage-related packaging industry before slowing down. Offset ink sales stagnated for commercial inserts. However, operating income increased 25% due to improvements in the cost of sales and revisions of sales prices.

Dainichiseika has three ink facilities in China, manufacturing offset inks at Dainichiseika Ink (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd., gravure inks at Hi-Tech Color (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. and a full range of inks at Dainichiseika (H.K.) Ltd. & Dainichiseika (H.K.) Colouring Co. Ltd. in Hong Kong. Dainichiseika also produces a full range of inks at P.T. Hi-Tech Ink Indonesia, and gravure inks at Hi-Tech Color, Inc. in the U.S.